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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,941 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,941
Reviews: 730
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 49
Gots: 282 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV varies slightly from 9.0 to 9.8
66.6 IBU

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-10-2009)
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Photo of MacQ32
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an incredibly clear amber with a monster 2+ finger light tan head. Retention is quite strong, lacing is perfect.

S - Sweet sugary toasted caramel malts, citrusy as well as spicey piney hops, very smokey, alcohol is detectable.

T - Spiced hops and alcohol burn up front, but transitions into a super sweet citrusy fruityness (possibly some figs/dark cherries) followed by more alcohol burn. (possibly some figs/dark cherries).

M - Medium bodied or less, appropriate carbonation - fairly smooth but the alcohol makes it just a bit less drinkable than desired.

O - Not that this is too much to handle, but the alcohol burn is just a little overpowering to the other flavors of the beer. Otherwise fantastic, just a little off balance IMO

MacQ32, May 21, 2013
Photo of ChrisKuhns
4/5  rDev -1.5%

ChrisKuhns, May 20, 2013
Photo of CrazyEasyBartender
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

CrazyEasyBartender, May 20, 2013
Photo of Brown120
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Brown120, May 20, 2013
Photo of Shogun730
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Shogun730, May 20, 2013
Photo of Geno206
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Geno206, May 20, 2013
Photo of Illmaticzx
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Illmaticzx, May 19, 2013
Photo of lawlerj
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a dark amber with a light tan head.

S - Big caramel malts with some hop notes as well.

T - Hops and caramel malt are big. Pretty nice.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation.

O - Pretty tasty.

lawlerj, May 19, 2013
Photo of Brian15
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Brian15, May 19, 2013
Photo of jbeervt
4/5  rDev -1.5%

jbeervt, May 19, 2013
Photo of bnes09
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful red color that turns a transparent orange-amber when head to light. A few visible bubbles cascading along the glass. One finger head on the pour. Descent retention for the strength and a few lace spots.

Complex aroma. Tropical and citrus fruits, pine needles, rye bread, malty. Buttered toast with cherry spread. Excellent balance in the nose.

Rich, hoppy, complex and dynamic palate. Floral, herbal, pine-like hop bitterness right up front. Balanced with spicy rye and smooth wheat malt. Chewy biscuit character. Toasty. Just enough malt character to balance but not enough to make the beer sweet or syrupy. Hop bitterness lingers through the finish.

Bordering on full bodied with an oily texture that turns dry middle to end. Lively carbonation especially for the strength.

Now this is good! A highly complex and yet perfectly balanced American barley wine. I wish I had another bottle.

bnes09, May 19, 2013
Photo of xacidx
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

xacidx, May 19, 2013
Photo of stanowsf
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

stanowsf, May 19, 2013
Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Boone757, May 19, 2013
Photo of alanv
4/5  rDev -1.5%

alanv, May 18, 2013
Photo of tourdot
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

tourdot, May 18, 2013
Photo of jono0101
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

jono0101, May 18, 2013
Photo of Jakob
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Jakob, May 18, 2013
Photo of rainfairy
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

rainfairy, May 18, 2013
Photo of fitz284
4/5  rDev -1.5%

fitz284, May 18, 2013
Photo of lordofstarside
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brewed 4/3, 12oz to a snifter

Pours a dark bronze with a half finger of foam. Moderate carbonation stemming from the middle of the glass, good lacing, alright retnetion

Smells of spicy hops, vanilla, smoked oak, molasses, brown sugar, alcohol, and some toasted malt. There's some complexity but doesn't come together the best, the smokey wood comes through a little strong

Taste is more or less with the nose, spicy hops and toasted malts, dark sugar, a kick of alcohol, some figs, and a touch of citrus. Again, this could come together a lot better

Feel is crisp with a medium plus feel. Nice kick and a dry finish, alcohol has a nice warming feel without distracting too much from the beer

Overall this stuff is drinkable, but I don't think I'll pick up another sixer anytime soon

lordofstarside, May 18, 2013
Photo of Sorcerer
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Alrighty then, perhaps an ambusch, yet none the less, a wee bit o' judgement here lads, and gals...

Yay, I have have tasted this afore, and I expect no disappointment:

Undercover in appearance is true.

But the smell is way above average.

What do you expect, it's printed in the side and it s not cheap!

The name says it all really.

Smells like moonlit bliss on a desert isle with a fair maiden and fermented coconut juice.

Taste is mild fantasy. Mildew, piney resin, willow bark, dirty cott'n socks, stalled lawnmover with leaking petrol, pretty girls on a hot day.

Mouthfeel is full of high calorie, diabetic nightmares.

In the end, a six pack is enough to get one person there, but not irreversibly too far.


It's a big beer. I can only drink five or six today; more accurately: tonight.

Sorcerer, May 18, 2013
Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So this thing was available in 6-packs. Alrighty... I'll bit.

Enjoying bedside (On my table next to me after a long, yet reasonably pleasant day of Spring cleaning). Served in a DC Brau tulip.

A: About as amber as a beer can get with only the slightest semblance of a white head... nice frothy one, I guess.

S: Hop profile in spades, along with a Jolly Rancher-esque disposition overall. Melted cherry, to my mind.

T: Much like Stone's "Double Bastard," only quite a bit cheaper and a bit better. Hop and malt duet for sure, along with lots of IPA-esque greatness.

M: Carbonation was fine, no lacing left on the glass, and the sugar content was fine.

O: I felt like I was drinking Stone Double Bastard the whole time, but this one is a bit different, and infinitely cheaper.

Chaney, May 18, 2013
Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev -1.5%

stortore, May 18, 2013
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

drewone, May 18, 2013
Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,941 ratings.